Poverty Line

  • UP to provide free power connections to 1.72 lakh families July 19, 2014

    The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state, officials said on Saturday. Chief secretary Alok Ranjan has issued an order for getting the desired logistics. He said the construction of 33/11 substations in 166 out of out of 201...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 7, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • Noida: School provides free education to 300 underprivileged children September 2, 2013

    Hoshiarpur: For many children in India education is a distant dream. But Om Foundation in Noida is a ray of hope for those who want to study but have no funds. Afflicted by polio, life for 6-year-old Rohit has not been easy. His family moved to Noida from Balia in Uttar...
  • Maharashtra: Girls above 18 years in BPL families to get Rs 1 lakh for education August 29, 2013

    The Maharashtra government will soon table an insurance scheme under which the girl child, born in below poverty line families, will get Rs 1 lakh for education on turning 18. Mooted by Women and Child Development Ministry, the scheme --Sukanya-- would be tabled in the cabinet meet, scheduled on Friday. Under...
  • Between the 'Illfare' State and the Deep Sea August 27, 2013

    Bibek Debroy Profile: Bibek Debroy is Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He is an economist and has worked in universities, institutes, industry bodies and for the government. He has authored several books and articles, with an interest in trade, education, health, law and governance. Welfare state is an...
  • Hooda to launch Food Security scheme in Haryana on August 20 August 17, 2013

    Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will launch the ambitious Food Security scheme in the state from Panipat on August 20, on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary. The scheme would simultaneously be launched by the incharge ministers of districts at the district level, a spokesman of the state...
  • Haryana government to give one lakh houses to BPL families August 4, 2013

    Haryana government on Saturday said it will soon be able to provide one lakh houses to below poverty line families, residing in urban areas of the state. Haryana Principal Secretary, Panchayat and Development and Rural Development Department Ram Niwas, said under a new scheme, the Housing Board will construct 50,000...
  • Status check: A Mumbai slum family earning Rs 7,000 a month not BPL? July 31, 2013

    Mumbai: After being reduced to a farce by politicians, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia admitted that poverty figures are at an all time low. CNNIBN's Smitha Nair tried to find out if it is possible to survive in a Mumbai slum for close to Rs 7,000 a month. It...
  • Poverty line status check: Can a family of 5 live on Rs 6,000 a month? July 30, 2013

    New Delhi: As politicians reduce the poverty line debate to a farce, CNNIBN's Rupashree Nanda spent a day with a family of five to do a status check. She checked whether it was actually possible to live on Rs 6,000 per month. The Planning Commission says that any individual who can...
  • Poverty line debate: Is a monthly income of Rs 6000 enough to sustain a family of 5? July 29, 2013

    The Planning Commission says any individual who can spend more than Rs 33 a day is above poverty line. It says this amount is adequate to meet expenditure for food, health and education. But is the estimate far away from the realities on the ground? CNNIBN tracks the family of...
  • Government ready to revise the poverty line figure: Montek July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid mounting criticism of poverty reduction estimates by the Planning Commission, the panel's Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday said that the poverty line decided by Tendulkar Committee was being relooked at. Ahluwalia said Rangarajan Committee, which was formed to give its report on poverty, will take...
  • Poverty measured on basis of calorie intake is flawed: Rupashree Nanda July 29, 2013

    People with per capita consumption of Rs 33 in urban India and Rs 28 in rural India are held as above poverty line in India. Is the current measure of poverty line a joke? CNNIBN's special correspondent Rupashree Nanda joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. Q. I think...
  • Mayawati criticises Congress for 'disrespecting' poor July 27, 2013

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday criticised the Congress for "complete disrespect" to poor people in the country, saying that recent comments of its leaders indicated they did not know what being poor meant. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told journalists that Congress leaders' comments that people can...
  • Can one get a meal for Rs 5? CNNIBN finds out July 26, 2013

    A day after Congress leaders claimed that one can get a complete meal at Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 12 and Rs 15, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality. ...
  • We are doing everything to check poverty, says Sheila Dikshit July 26, 2013

    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her government is doing everything possible to check poverty. "Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her government is doing everything possible to check poverty," she said. ...
  • No meal for Rs 12 in Bangalore, say residents July 26, 2013

    A day after Congress leaders claimed that one can get a complete meal at Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 12 and Rs 15, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality. ...
  • No meal for Rs 5 in Delhi, Kolkata, say residents July 26, 2013

    A day after Congress leaders claimed that one can get a complete meal at Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 12 and Rs 15, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality. ...
  • Raj Babbar regrets Rs 12 remark, MPs face flak for meal cost claims July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress leader Raj Babbar has expressed regret over his Rs 12 comment, saying that he was only referring to the Below Poverty Line families. He had earlier claimed that it was easy to get a full meal for Rs 12 even in Mumbai. The Congress, meanwhile, has distanced itself...
  • Can one get a meal for Rs 5? Not in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after Congress leaders claimed that one can get a complete meal at Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 12 and Rs 15, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality. Mumbaikars have slammed Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar, who had claimed...
  • Re 1 enough to fill your stomach, it depends on what you eat: Farooq July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The war of words between the government and Opposition over poverty figures continues with more startling statements being made. After Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar's Rs 12 claim, now Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has courted controversy by saying that one can have a full meal for just Re 1...
  • Mumbaikars' answer to Raj Babbar: A meal cost Rs 12, twenty years back July 26, 2013

    Mumbai: A day after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar claimed that he can get a complete meal in Mumbai for Rs 12, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that it's just another bogus comment by a politician. Mumbaikars have slammed Babbar for his comment and said that the claim is not...
  • Is the Food Bill economically viable? July 3, 2013

    Despite opposition from key ally, NCP leader and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the UPA government on Wednesday cleared the Food Security ordinance at a Cabinet meet. ...
  • Failure to pass Food Bill is unfortunate: Amartya Sen May 4, 2013

    Greater Noida: Noble laureate Amratya Sen on Saturday said it is unfortunate that government has not been able to push through the Food Security Bill that sought to provide subsidised foodgrains to people below poverty line. "It is unfortunate that we are not able to pass the Food Security Bill because...
  • 'Only 26.7 per cent below poverty line by 2015' April 29, 2013

    Bangkok: India on Monday said that with continuous and concerted efforts, people living below poverty line will be down to 26.7 per cent by 2015, but improving sanitation facilities in the country still remains a challenge. The visiting Minister of State for Commerce and Industry of India, Dr Dagubatti Purandeswari...
  • Cabinet clears Food Security Bill without any changes March 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet has cleared the UPA's gamechanger Food Security Bill. The revised Bill was cleared by the Cabinet without any further changes. The Food Security Bill seeks to provide for uniform 5 kg of foodgrains per month per person at a highly subsidised price of Rs 1-3 per...
  • Cabinet to meet today, likely to clear Food Security Bill March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: UPA II's most ambitious bill, the Food Bill, is a step closer to becoming law. The Cabinet is meeting amidst strong hopes that it will clear the Food Bill for passing in Parliament. The Congress believes the Food Bill, which was first tabled in 2011 will be a...
  • As crops rot, millions go hungry in India July 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodentinfested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country. It is an extraordinary paradox created by a rigid regime of subsidies for grain farmers, a woeful...
  • Planning Commission toilets renovated at Rs 35 lakh June 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Planning Commission, which is mired in a controversy over what constitutes the poverty line, has spent a whopping Rs 35 lakh for renovation of two toilets in New Delhi, an RTI reply has revealed. The Commission, which came up with a controversial poverty line figure of Rs 28...
  • MPs thought of Suresh as Sachin Tendulkar: Jairam April 7, 2012

    Hyderabad: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday took a dig at MPs who criticised the methodology adopted by the Tendulkar Committee for redefining the term poor, saying members raising the issue were probably only aware of Sachin Tendulkar, not Suresh Tendulkar. "Those Members of Parliament may probably have thought...
  • 'Poverty decline rate doubled during UPA regime' April 7, 2012

    Hyderabad: Terming the comments on the below poverty line (BPL) issue as "unprincipled publicity campaign", Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Saturday said the rate of poverty decline doubled during the rule of the UPA Government as compared to the preUPA regime. "In the preUPA period the decline...